Thanks so much. Our museum tour was a major highlight of our visit to Rome. My wife and I are returning to Italy next month (to Bellagio, for a little relaxation). Thanks so much, I am sure will be calling on you again in the future.
Thanks for the chance to follow up on our Private Tour of Uffizi & Accademia Galleries. I should start out by telling you that you were highly recommended to us by our next-door neighbors who were in Italy last Christmas. Their experience with your guides prompted them to urge us to contact you for our time in Florence. We requested Elisabetta because she is the one who guided them in Florence. Our expectations were very high and we were not disappointed. We were grateful for not having to wait in lines, for the professionalism exhibited by our guide, and for her extensive knowledge. We did the 3 hour tour and so our time was somewhat short for all there is to see. She moved us through in a very timely manner and spoke at a pace that gave us tons of information and kept our interest. We have already recommended you to some other friends and we would like to thank you for helping make our day trip to Florence worth it. Thanks again and when we return to Italy, we will be in touch for another tour.
Eric & Darlene H.
Our tour guide (Salvatore?) was absolutely incredible for our Early Entrance tour to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. I cannot express enough how much it is worth to get your own tour guide from In Italy Online. It was about €360 ($500), but worth every penny. He got us in early (or you're stuck waiting in line for HOURS) and literally expressed every ounce of his being when it came to the art/history/politics of everything relating to this area -- he was amazing. The Sistine Chapel was so beautiful and our guide took the time to explain every square inch of it to us -- especially the hidden and subliminal messages relating to the art. He has been a tour guide for 25 of his 49 years on this earth, and you can tell he "geeks out" completely when he speaks about it."
Italy was wonderful!! Full of art, good people, very good food and wine! and a lot of places to visit. The three weeks were sufficient to love her! We've to return in a short time.
The visits that you arranged for us were GREAT! The first, Uffizi and Academia in Florence was very illuminating. Leonardo, the guide, is an excellent guide, not only because he knows a lot of things about art but he answer all the questions we had. About the museums, is incredible how many marvelous pieces had. The guide took us to the relevant masterpieces and give us recommendations about the rest of the collection.
For the Vatican visit, the guide (unfortunately we don't record her name very well!) was wonderful too. The explanation about the Sistine Chapel was very clear and illuminating! But no only the guide was good, but who' s pick up, on time!, at the hotel and the girl that welcome us at the Vatican were very nice.
We enjoy a lot but visits and we're sure that in our next visit to Italy we contact you for more exciting tips!!
Thanks a lot and regards,
Marilena was fantastic and the Early Entrance Vatican tour was a highlight of our trip. Those of us who had been to the Sistine Chapel before especially appreciated how few people were allowed in for the early entrance and the fact that guides could actually explain what we were looking at. Significant because, after general admission, visitors are expected to remain very quiet. Also, being picked up at our hotel and driven right to the front door was a real treat. Marilena also recommended a great restaurant, Memmo's on Via de Soldatti, which was wonderful.
Everything was professional, organized and totally enjoyable. You, Jessica, have also been a real pleasure to work with- very responsive and accommodating.
We had a fantastic time thanks to all of the efforts of the staff at In Italy Online. Our tour with Elisabetta was quite informative and she even asked our favorite Uffizi guitarist to play at her wedding. Massimo gave us the Vatican tour with early entry to the Sistine Chapel. He was very knowledgeable and went into great detail. The early entry is the way to go as there were 500 people there when we passed through later on our way to St. Peter's.
In the end, we had another wonderful trip to Italy. Friends can't believe that everything could be done online without talking to a single person. Modern technology, isn't it great. Now if someone can just do something about that long plane ride. Thanks again for the help. I will recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Italy.
We just returned from our "Trip of a Lifetime". We wanted to make a testimonial about how wonderful the trip was and how we appreciate everything you did for us.
The tour of the Vatican was spectacular. Massimo was amazing with his knowledge and presentation. His description of the facts and details surrounding all things Vatican was priceless. It helps to be the first three people in the Sistine Chapel!!!! He was also great fun to be around. We would do the tour again on our return to Rome.
Greg and Terry J.
Dear Kristin and Kirill,
A BIG THANK YOU for all your assistance in making our trip a dream come true. Our early entrance tour to the Sistine Chapel was nothing less then amazing. The beauty and history was just overwhelming and our guide was the best. Very knowledgeable and funny. We enjoyed him very much. We never did get his name but he was very well known by all the guides and we were told that we were very lucky to have him.
Thank you for you and your co-workers' excellent help with our recent trip to Italy. We had a great trip. The highlight of our trip was the guided tours of the Florence museums with guide Laura. Your organization is indeed fortunate to have her services in Florence. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about art and art history, in addition she is very cordial and enthusiastic. Two of the four of us had been to the museums previously, but she added new perspective to works we had already seen and studied. We hope to return soon to avail ourselves further of her guide services.
I just wanted to let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Vatican Museum/ Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's on Oct. 14. Everything went extremely smoothly from our driver pick up to meeting our guide. She was fabulous (I believe her name was Catarina), extremely knowledgeable and clearly loved her job as was reflected in her attitude. Having been to the museum and Chapel 11 years ago on an extremely hot and crowded Sunday in late August, being there this time before everything opened to the public was a sheer delight, especially the Sistine Chapel. We were able to truly study everything in detail without the crowds and she even got us up next to the Last Judgment to point out some details which normally one can't do. The tour was indeed a highlight of our two week trip in Italy and I will look back on that day with wonderful memories.
I would not hesitate to recommend In Italy for anyone traveling there and especially to do our tour. Thanks again for giving the four of us a day to remember.
We had a wonderful tour with Ciaran, Irish Ph.D. student in 17th century art. He was unbelievable, spending five hours with us. He should be one of your top tour guides if he isn't already. We had an unforgettable experience with so much knowledge and insight given to us.
Thanks for your kind note, Jessica, and for a wonderful tour.
The one comment we would most like to share with you is how fabulous our guide, Massimo, was. His knowledge and enthusiasm and wonderful demeanor are second to none. Being in the Sistine Chapel before it opened to the public, and the subsequent tours of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's, was a highlight of our entire trip made all the more special by Massimo. We will be happy in the future to commend to friends our wonderful experience with him and with you.
I would like to mention the private guide (her name was Lucia) we booked for the Uffizi and Academia. She was wonderful and very knowledgeable (art history degree from university in Florence), and showed us many "off the beaten path" places. She also told us about St. Laurence's Festival, which happens every August 10th in Florence. We were fortunate enough to be there during the festivities, which included the Florence Symphony playing a free concert on the steps of St. Laurence's church. Thank you so much for all your help. We cannot wait to return (especially to Florence).
Jeramy and Kelly S.
We just returned from a wonderful visit to Italy, made more special by a tour of the Vatican/St. Peter's led by Theresa. I'm not sure if that is the correct spelling of her name. She was fabulous guiding us expertly through the rooms. We completely agree with another guide's comment in the courtyard, 'We won the tour guide lottery.' We feel terrible because we forgot to give her a tip and were wondering if there was a way to arrange that from here. Please let me know if there are some options.
Thank you so much.
Our tour guide at the Uffizi was Elisabetta. We cannot thank you enough. Elisabetta was knowledgeable and gave our visit depth well beyond our expectations. We are both interested in art history, but I am sure we would have been overwhelmed without the instruction and information we received. We strongly recommend the tour - it was definitely worth the investment. In particular, we appreciate Elisabetta and strongly recommend her for any touring in Florence. We are eager now to return to Florence with our children.
Harry and Judith H.
In our opinion, the Early Entrance tour is the only way to go. The line-ups outside were so amazingly long that we could not imagine coming without a reservation, and starting our tour so early was even better. We loved our time in the Chapel ahead of the crowds, and we were also ahead of most of the others for the Vatican Museum section. It was a bit more crowded by the time we did St. Peter's but the cathedral is so large that the only place you felt really cramped was up in the cupola at the top. Our guide was an absolute treasure - I highly recommend requesting this tour for all your clients.
Our trip was truly marvelous; the semi-private Vatican tour you provided was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we were surprised with the visit to the mosaic building.
We had a fabulous time in Rome. The semi private Vatican tour was a highlight. With only 4 people on the tour, we really received the personal touch (although she was a half hour late). Thank you for all your help and advice – it was truly a wonderful trip.